Al Qaeda's Zawahiri said to be in poor health

The Hill:
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is reportedly suffering from a potentially debilitating heart condition and may be in poor health.

A senior counterterrorism official told CNN that the U.S. believes Zawahiri may be suffering a potentially serious condition, while cautioning that it was unclear how it would affect the terror group's leadership now or in the future.

The official's comments follow a U.N. report this summer that stated that the "health and longevity of [Al Qaeda's] leader...and how the succession will work are in doubt," according to CNN.

News of Zawahiri's ailing health follows reports Wednesday indicating that Hamza bin Laden, the son of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who himself had been tapped to lead the group in the future, had been killed.
I suspect there will be no shortage of terrorist who will be interested in a promotion.  Of course, it is a position which also has substantial risk as the young bin Laden found.


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